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October 19, 1963

Quantitative Approach to the I131 Renogram

JAMA. 1963;186(3):211-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710030051008

Radioactive isotope renography has been a useful clinical procedure but, with only qualitative interpretation of the renogram, it is subject to diagnostic error. A statistical analysis of an approach to quantitation using the criteria of Tmax and T½ has been performed. With upper limits of normal set at 4 min and 7 min, respectively, for these criteria, 2 of 22 normal subjects showed false-positive results and 18 of 114 patients with proved renal disease had false-negative results. The analysis indicated that this simple and rapid quantitative approach led to a reasonable degree of accuracy.